One of my favourites genres to read is poetry, in particular modern poetry collections. In recent years i’ve read a lot of different collections, so I thought i’d share and recommend to you, my 8 favourite poetry collections (in no particular order)

Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
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Milk & Honey was the first collection of poetry that I read and it was the book that sparked my love for modern poetry. I found out about Rupi Kaur through Instagram after somebody had posted a page from the book that I liked. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry which talks about the author’s life and experiences. It is split into four different sections; ‘the hurting’, ‘the loving’, ‘the breaking’ and ‘the healing’. I really loved this collection as it talked a lot about self-love and being comfortable with who you are and I found that I connected and related to a lot of the poems. Majority of this collection is formed of short, simple poems, making it an easy quick read and I would recommend it as a starting point to anybody who is new to modern poetry.

The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
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The Sun and Her Flowers is Rupi Kaur’s second collection that was released last year. Just like Milk & Honey, this collection is split into different sections; wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. This collection spoke a lot about growth and healing as well as family, ancestry and honouring your roots. I really enjoyed this collection, the topics were different from her first book but I still found them very relatable and I also loved how the book was a metaphor for sunflowers.

She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by r.h. Sin
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She Felt Like Feeling Nothing is a short collection of poetry that focusses on women’s strength and self-discovery. This collection was like a reminder for women to love themselves and take care of themselves and I love that it embraces the independence of a woman. r.h. Sin has written a lot of collections and from the ones I’ve read, this is my favourite of his. I like that the topics help uplift women and I could connect to a lot of the poems.

Inward by Yung Pueblo
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Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes and prose that explores the topics of self-love, unconditional love, the power of letting go and the wisdom that comes when we truly get to know ourselves. This collection was very well written and has a lot of focus of self-discovery, which I loved. I connected to a lot of the poems and I feel like it’s almost like a helpful guide for those who are on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.

The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
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The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a powerful collection of poetry written by the O.G. Tupac Shakur. This collection honestly confronts topics ranging from poverty and motherhood to Mandela. I really loved that this collection showed his humanitarian side. Everybody knows that Tupac was a rapper but he was much more than that, he was a very soulful complex person and I liked that this collection showed that. I also loved the layout of the presentation of this collection, with one side printed with Tupac’s own handwriting and a typed version on the opposite side.

Sea Of Strangers by Lang Leav
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Sea of Strangers is a collection of poetry and prose that explores themes of self-discovery and empowerment. I actually enjoyed this collection more than I expected and I feel like if you are someone who enjoys classical poetry then this would be a great starting point if you are trying to get into modern poetry. Out of all of these recommendations Lang Leav’s poetry is the closest to classical poetry.

I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy
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I Love My Love is a collection of spoken word poetry that talks about loving others, loving yourself and relationships (both romantic and familial). I loved this collection so much and Reyna Biddy is my favourite poet/writer. I love how honest and raw her writing is and I related and connected to so much of what she said. I highly recommend this collection and I also suggest that you listen to the spoken word poems on Soundcloud/Apple Music/Spotify.

A Psalm For Us by Reyna Biddy
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I honestly feel like this collection is my favourite of all time. A Psalm For Us is Reyna’s second book  where she talks a lot about self-love, self-discovery, self-growth and religion/spirituality. I found it so relatable. I really loved this book because you can clearly see the growth of Reyna, not just as a writer but in general as an individual on a journey. I loved the writing style of this book as it was a mixture of poetry, prose and spoken word, just like I Love My Love. I would highly recommend reading this book after I Love My Love.

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